By Valery Milner on April 9, 2019
Optical centrifuge orients chiral molecules, with the direction of orientation depending on the relative handedness of the molecular enantiomer and the rotating centrifuge field!
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By Valery Milner on June 19, 2017
Optical centrifuge aligns the electronic spins of paramagnetic super-rotors, producing macroscopic magnetic fields in the gas on a picosecond time scale!
By Valery Milner on September 27, 2016
Molecules exposed to intense laser pulses exhibit chaotic dynamics, dominated by the effect of quantum localization
Molecular super-rotors “forget” the phase of their ultra-fast rotation more than 10 times slower than thermal molecules
Molecular super-rotors dissipate their enormous rotational energy into sound waves, detectable by unaided ear
Strong centrifugal forces produced by an optical centrifuge confine asymmetric super-rotors to the plane of their rotation
By Valery Milner on September 14, 2016
Ionization spectra of O2 super-rotors with J=120, ten times above its room-temperature value
By Valery Milner on March 4, 2013
Time-dependent rotational Raman spectra reveal rotational frequencies of laser-centrifuged molecules exceeding 10 THz!
Optical centrifuge is a laser pulse whose linear polarization undergoes accelerated rotation, sweeping a corkscrew-shape surface. Molecules line up along the polarization vector and follow its rotation.